AIMS #ProperPlanningPreventsPoorPerformances

AIMS - April 7th to April 11th...

AIMS – April 7th to April 11th…

Since I’ve been an adult, I’ve always followed the notion that proper planning prevents poor performances. I began class by letting students know that we won’t be scrambling around or making any last ditch efforts to prepare because we’ve prepared all year to be proficient readers and writers. As the AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards) test approaches, I decided to give the students a chance to gain some confidence. Before we participated in the practice test activity, we spoke about test anxiety as well as a few other concerns about the upcoming test. I let the kids know to relax, and that they should try their best. I also let them know that I have prepared them for the many things throughout the entire year, and the AIMS Reading/Writing Test is one of them. Prior to this activity, we have done several things during the year to specifically prepare for taking the state standardized test –  AIMS Buckle Down, Galileo Benchmark Assessments, Galileo Interventions/Quizzes, Reading Comprehension Worksheets, etc-etc. I continued to give them a few encouraging words about preparation, and I opened the floor back up for questions, comments, and/or concerns…

I digress, we took the practice AIMS/Reading Test that ADE (Arizona Department of Education) provided. You can view it [here]. The material was rather dated, but the object of the activity was to give them a good idea as to what type of questions would be on the test. Once the students completed the practice test, we came back together for a comprehension check as well as test taking tips to answering the previously mentioned questions.

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Class update #11 [Week of 10/21/13 – 10/25/13]

Week #3: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2: Personal Expressive Writing...

Week #3: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2: Personal Expressive Writing…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 10/21/2013 to 10/25/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 3 – Quarter 2[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin Unit Two – Scales of Justice in their Literature and Language textbook by reading Eleanor Roosevelt, Old Sly Eye, and From Nadia on My Way. Prior to our in class reading, we participate in classroom activities that coincide with each reading selection to gain a better comprehension. Students will also participate in journal entries in which they have to select a specific piece of text, cite it in MLA Format, and elaborate on why they selected that particular piece of text to cite. These journal entries will be done at least 3 times a week.  Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #3′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #3′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 10/22/2013 as well as a vocabulary quiz on 10/25/2013. I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

Class update #4 [Week of 08/26/13 – 08/30/13]

Week #4: class reading of Monster by Walter Dean Myers, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on sentences…

Week #4: class reading of Monster by Walter Dean Myers, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on sentences…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 08/26/2013 to 08/30/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 4 – Quarter 1[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin reading the novel, Monster, by Walter Dean Myers during week #4. During our in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Students will work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #4′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #4′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 08/27/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 08/30/2013. I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

Class update #3 [Week of 08/19/13 – 08/23/13]

Week #2: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on paragraphs…

Week #3: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on paragraphs…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 08/19/2013 to 08/23/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 3 – Quarter 1[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue Unit One – A Matter of Perspective in their Literature and Language textbook by reading Stolen Day, The Charge of the Light Brigade, and From Exploring The Titanic during week #3. During our in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Students will work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #3′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #3′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 08/20/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 08/23/2013. I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

Class Update #16 [Week of 4/03/13 – 4/05/13]

Week #2: View & Respond – Roots, AIMS Preparation, and Introduction to Language Arts/Writing Unit 4 (Back To The Future)

Week #2: View & Respond – Roots, AIMS Preparation, and Introduction to Language Arts/Writing Unit 4 (Back To The Future)

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 04/03/2013 to 04/05/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 2 – Quarter 4  [click to open]. We will be coming back from Spring Break, and we will have a very short week. That being said, the students should be well rested and prepared to work upon their return…

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue viewing an adaptation of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, a novel written by Alex Haley , first published in 1976. During the view & responds, students will be actively watching via an episode guide that can be viewed [here]. Please encourage your child to take notes during the view and respond because it helps with the journal entry used for their ticket out of class. The class will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with these view & responds [currently on episode 3 due to time constraints]. Students will participate in AIMS preparation via AIMS Buckle Down – Lesson 14: Functional Text pg. 169. Students will also have extra help with comprehension of standards via Galileo Assessment Technology practice worksheets with an emphasis on S3C3: Author’s Purpose & Persuasive Strategies. Due to the short week, students will not have vocabulary words this week. We will continue with week #3’s Vocabulary next week.  I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

Class Update #15 [Week of 3/18/13 – 3/22/13]

    Week #1: View & Respond - Roots, Vocabulary HW, All The President's Men Viewing, & Research Paper Assignment...

Week #1: View & Respond – Roots, Vocabulary HW, All The President’s Men Viewing, & Research Paper Assignment…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 03/18/2013 to 03/22/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 1 – Quarter 4  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue viewing an adaptation of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, a novel written by Alex Haley , first published in 1976. It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States, and follows his life and the lives of his alleged descendants in the United States.  During the view & responds, students will be actively watching via an episode guide that can be viewed [here]. The class will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with these view & responds. Students will participate in AIMS preparation via AIMS Buckle Down – Lesson: TBD. Students will also have extra help with comprehension of standards via Galileo Assessment Technology practice worksheets with an emphasis on S3C3: Author’s Purpose & Persuasive Strategies. Students will  be assigned Week #1′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #1′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 03/19/2013.  I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

Class Update #12 [Week of 2/25/13 – 3/01/13]

Week #9: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW, and Oral History  activities with assignment…

Week #9: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW, and Oral History activities with assignment…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 02/25/2013 to 03/01/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 9– Quarter 3  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue Unit Five – Doors of Understanding in their Literature & Language textbook. Students will be reading and responding to the following stories: Lazy Peter & His Three-Cornered Hat, Aesop’s Fables: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing & The Travelers and the Purse, Phaethon, and The People Could Fly. Students will participate in AIMS preparation via AIMS Buckle Down – Lesson 12: Graphic Features Pgs. 139-145. Student’s will also have extra help with comprehension of standards via Galileo Assessment Technology practice worksheets with an emphasis on S2C2: Elements of World Literature. Students will be assigned Week #9′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #9′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 02/26/2013.  I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

Class Update #11 [Week of 2/18/13 – 2/20/13]

Week #8: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW, and Investigative Reporting activities…

Week #8: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW, and Investigative Reporting activities…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 02/18/2013 to 02/20/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 8– Quarter 3  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue Unit Five – Doors of Understanding in their Literature & Language textbook. Students will be reading and responding to the following stories: A Crush & The Highwayman. Students will participate in AIMS preparation as well via Galileo Assessment Technology with an emphasis on S2C1: Elements of Literature. Students will also work on Week #8′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #8′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 02/19/2013.  I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday. Continue reading

Class update #9 [Week of 2/4/13 – 2/8/13]

Week #6: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW & Quiz, and Investigative Reporting activities...

Week #6: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW & Quiz, and Investigative Reporting activities…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 02/04/2013 to 02/08/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 6 – Quarter 3  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, we have completed our third in class reading novel, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Students will now move to Unit Five – Doors of Understanding in their Literature and Language textbook. Students will be reading and responding to the following stories: Last Cover, A Minor Bird, and Primary Lessons from Silent Dancing. Students will participate in AIMS preparation as well via AIMS Buckle Down – Lesson 9: Poetry Elements Pgs. 105-112. Students will also work on Week #6′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #6′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 02/5/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 2/8/2013.  I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday.

In Language Arts/Writing, we will continue Unit Three – The Art of Storytelling. Students will learn how to write a short story, write a children’s book, participate in investigative reporting,  oral history/interviewing, and a write a research paper. During week #5, students completed their Children’s Book Assignment. If you would like to view that assignment, please go [here]. During week #6, students will continue to master their storytelling with an emphasis on Investigative Reporting via class lecture, activities, and notes. Students will now be given direct instruction (audio & visual). Specifically, student will participate in a lecture(s) based on The Investigative Trail, Skills Needed, Useful Tips, and Reviewing Material. Students will also participate in two view and respond activities in order to gain a better comprehension of what investigative reporting is. The two view and responds will be College Inc & The Choice – 2008 Presidential Election. Students will continue Continue reading